“I love traveling, and I have a sense of adventure that drives me to visit new places and meet new people around the world.
Doing this, however, has never been straightforward. I've been a wheelchair user all my life, and finding accessible services to facilitate my travel is a nightmare. There's not much reliable information on the web to find things like adapted accommodation, or related services, such as specialist medical equipment and car hire. Organizing travel as a wheelchair user tends to be full of risk and uncertainty.
I'm a corporate lawyer by background, but I love technology, and have been fascinated by its potential to solve real problems for everyday people at scale. So, I decided to quit my well paid job and follow a new path to create a tech startup, making accessible travel easier.
I decided to learn to code by joining OneMonth.com, enrolling in their Ruby on Rails course. It was tough, but it was incredibly rewarding and a stimulating exercise. By the end of it, I was able to create a prototype of Accomable, an Expedia/Airbnb type solution for accessible travel. We launched in the summer of 2015, and now have accessible property listings across 30 countries with a growing user community nearing 10,000 people.”